Dolphins 24 - Jets 20
By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
December 18th, 2005
If there were some positives to take out of the loss, it was the performance of young Jets players. Bollinger had a career day passing for 327 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. RB Cedric Houston carried 15 times for 84 yards.
"I thought it was a very competitive game," Jets head coach Herman Edwards said. "We had an opportunity at the end to win but we couldnít quite get it done. I thought a lot of our young guys stepped up today."
The Dolphins got on the board first on their second possession as QB Gus Frerotte efficiently moved the Dolphins down the field using no huddle. Mixing up the run and pass, Miami drove 63 yards in 13 plays and 6:37 capped off by WR Chris Chambers eight-yard touchdown catch as Chambers beat S Oliver Celestin over the middle. The Dolphins converted three third downs on the drive and Frerotte was 5-of-5 for 30 yards on the drive.
The Jets finally got their offense going on the ensuing drive starting at their own 28. On 3rd-and-1 from the Miami 35, the Jets ran a play-action bootleg to the right and Bollinger hit TE Doug Jolley down the right sideline for 12 yards. After a roughing the passer penalty on Dolphins DE Jayson Taylor that gave the Jets first and goal on the Dolphins 9, Cedric Houston rushed for a eight yard gain to the 1. But a false start penalty on Brandon Moore on 2nd-and-goal pushed the Jets back five yards. After a two-yard run by B.J. Askew, Bollingerís pass intended for WR Justin McCareins was too high and sailed out of the end zone. K Mike Nugent came on to attempt a 21-yard field goal but the snap was too low and holder Ben Graham could not handle it as the Jets came away with no points. It
ĒIt all happened pretty quick," Graham said. "The snap was low and I did my best to get it up. By the time I did, Mike had already pulled out of the kick. My first intention was to get up and run with it, but they caved it in pretty quick and ended up getting the ball back."
After the Jets defense forced the Dolphins to go three and out, the Jets gave the ball right back as Jolley made a six-yard catch but was stripped of the ball by Sam Madison and LB Zach Thomas recovered.
The Dolphins could not come away with any points off the turnover as a 53-yard field goal attempt by K Olindo Mare missed to the left.
Mare made up for it thought on the next drive nailing a 32-yard field goal to put the Dolphins up 10-0 with 3:57 left in the second quarter. The nine-play, 52 yard drive was kept alive when LB Jonathan Vilma was called for a roughing the passer penalty as the Dolphins had a 3rd-and-6 on their own 38.
Trailing 10-0, Bollinger hooked up with WR Justin McCareins for a 45-yard reception to the Dolphins 8. Three plays later, WR Laveranues Coles caught a four-yard touchdown on a fade route beating Madison. Nugentís extra point pulled the Jets within three at 10-7 with 1:18 left in the first half.
CB David Barrett came up huge, intercepting his fifth pass of the season and giving the Jets offense the ball back at the Dolphins 47 with 24 seconds left in the first half. With eight seconds left in the first half, Nugent kicked a 42-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.
The Jets took the lead on their second possession of the third quarter as Bollinger and TE Doug Jolley hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown. On the play, Jolley slipped past Dolphins S Lance Schulters as Jolley ran into the end zone for his first touchdown as a Jet and to give his team a 17-10 lead. It was the longest offensive play of the year for the Jets.
Dolphins RB Ricky Williams raced down the left side 23 yards early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17 capping off a six-play, 61-yard drive. The Dolphins capitalized on a Houston fumble. ďI was just trying to get those extra yards," Houston said. "I let the ball hang down and somebody got a hand on it. I just try to go out there and make plays when I get the opportunity. Unfortunately, on the fumble I was trying to do too much."
"Cedric ran the ball well and caught the ball well," Edwards said. "He was trying to make extra yards when he had the one turnover. Give Miami credit, they came in with a bunch of guys and got the ball out. That led to a touchdown for them."
After the Jets went three-and-out, the Dolphins took back the lead as QB Sage Rosenfels, who had entered for an injured Frerotte earlier, completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to WR Marty Booker as the Dolphins led 24-17 with 10:55 left in the game.
While the Jets could not get a touchdown on their next drive, they did get points as Nugent made a 42-yard field goal to pull the Jets within 24-20. The drive took 52 yards, 12 plays and 6:23.
The Dolphins took over at their own 48 with 4:23 remaining in the game but the Jets defense came up big, forcing a three-and-out.
Bollinger and the Jets took over deep in their own territory at their own 13 with 3:53 left. On 4th-and-13 from their own 23, Bollingerís pass for WR Jerricho Cotchery fell incomplete but the Dolphins were called for defensive pass interference allowing the drive to continue. But on their next 4th down attempt from the Dolphins 14, was incomplete and the Dolphins escaped with the win. ]
All we had to do was make a first down and score a touchdown and we win the game, but we didnít do it," Edwards said.
-Bollinger became the first quarterback since Vinny Testaverde in 2003 to throw for over 300 yards against the Dolphins.
-TE Doug Jolley caught nine passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. It was Jolleyís first 100-yard day of his career.
-S Erik Coleman led the Jets with seven tackles.
- RB Derrick Blaylock, LB Mark Brown, DE Shaun Ellis, DE Trevor Johnson, DT Dewayne Robertson, QB Kliff Kingsbury, and T Issac Snell were inactive today. LB Barry Gardner made his first career start as a Jet, replacing Mark Brown at OLB. Bryan Thomas started at LDE for Shaun Ellis, Lance Legree started at DT for Dewayne Robertson & Justin Miller once again started at RCB for David Barrett.
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